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Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group

Unit(s) of assessment: English Language and Literature

School: School of Arts and Humanities


The Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group (PPCRG) is located in the English department and co-directed by Dr Catherine Clay and Professor Andrew Thacker. This research group aims to develop work on the study of modern periodicals and print culture, from the nineteenth century to the present.

It is concerned with the material culture of periodicals alongside books, newspapers, pamphlets, comics, zines, pamphlets, and other forms of print ephemera, along with the digital manifestations of these objects. The group seeks to explore issues such as collaborative editing and production; the networks which surrounded and supported publication; the material and visual qualities of print forms; the circulation of periodicals in the marketplace (e.g. via bookshops); and the social, cultural, and political forces that shape particular manifestations of periodicals and print culture.


Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker, eds. The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. 3 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009-13)

Catherine Clay, Maria DiCenzo, Barbara Green and Fiona Hackney, Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: The Interwar Period (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018)

Catherine Clay, Time and Tide: The Feminist and Cultural Politics of a Modern Magazine (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018)

Rebecca Butler, ‘“Can anyone fancy travellers without Murray’s universal red books”? Mariana Starke, John Murray, and 1830s’ Guidebook Culture’, in Writing in the Age of William IV, ed. by Maureen McCue, Rebecca Butler and Anne-Marie Millim (= Yearbook of English Studies, 48 (2018)), 148-70

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